One of the ministry privileges I have while in seminary is in serving in two nursing homes in the Louisville area. I’ve been doing this now for three years and I’ve learned several lessons, which I’ve written about for The Gospel Coalition. In this context, my hope is to become a better and more effective minister of the gospel. In Visit the Sick: Ministering God’s Grace in Times of Illness, Brian Croft recommends a few categories and biblical passages to study and meditate—even memorize—as we minister to those in need. For those in nursing home ministries, these are applicable and useful.
- Passages of comfort: Psalms 23; 28; 34; 46; 62; 145; Hebrews 4:14–16
- Succinct gospel passages: John 11:25–26; Romans 5:6–11; 2 Corinthians 5:17–21; Ephesians 2:1–10
- Passages dealing with the purpose of suffering for the believer: 2 Corinthians 12:7–9; James 1:2–4; 1 Peter 1:6–7; 4:12–19
- Passages related to the reality and hope of eternity with Christ: John 10:27–30; 14:1–3; Philippians 1:21–23; 1 Peter 1:3–5
There are many other takeaways from reading this book, but I appreciate having a quick arsenal of verses that offer true gospel hope and encouragement to those in greatest need.